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of the church, we're joined by monsignor rick hilgartner of the u.s. conference of catholic bishops. he's the executive director of the secretariat of divine worship. sister christine schenk, a catholic nun and executive director of future church, which calls for a more progressive church. and from rome, john allen of cnn. he covers the vatican for the network and for the "national catholic reporter." we thank you all three for being with us. john allen, i'm going to stay with you. how much of a surprise was this? >> judy, i think this was a near total shock. just to tell you how crazy it was, i was actually scheduled to have lunch with a senior vatican official, a guy who works just down the hall from the papal apartment. as of early this morning even he didn't know it was coming. as your set-up piece indicated the shock isn't the content of the decision -- benedict had hinted fairly openly that he was receptive to the idea of a pope resigning, that actually under some circumstances a pope would have an obligation to resign if he's not able to continue to perform his duties. but certai
it. >>> we will talk to monsignor hilgartner, coming up. >>> and a cnn special on the pope's last day, anchored by erin burnett and quis cuomo in new york and christiane amanpour in rome. it will be simulcast on cnni. >>> the pope will begin meeting with the cardinals who must choose his successor. history unfolding as we speak at the vatican as pope benedict xvi prepares to step down, leaving the throne of st. peter vacant. good morning, everyone, thanks for joining us for cnn's special live coverage of the pope's last day. i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. we'd like to welcome our viewers from around the world on cnn international. in just over nine hours, pope benedict xvi's eight-year run comes to an end and the 85-year-old pontiff begins a new chapterer in life, it's called retirement. it is unprecedented. before pope benedict xvi departs he has unfinished business. at 5:00 a.m. eastern, the pope meets with dozens of cardinals who have made their way to rome to pick his replacement. over 100 of them are expected to be on hand. >> cardinal angelo sodano is scheduled to del
. monsignor hilgartner, what struck you with those words? i'm sorry. i'll stop you and listen to the pope. >> translator: i thank each of you personally and thank the television channel which has been able to interpret the feelings of this college. i thank you very much. i would like to say referring to the experience i've had, for me, too, it has been a joy to work and walk with you during these years in the presence of god. and as i said yesterday, to the thousands of faithful who filled the square of st. peter, youred avice and presence has been very helpful to me in my ministry. during eight years we have lived with faith, marvelous moments in the history of the church and also times when the world is covered by dark clouds. however, we do hope that we have expressed a positive side and only christ alone can cast light on our vantage. we thank those who have helped us to grow and we will ask christ to help you grow further in the future so that the college of cardinals will be like an orchestra where there is diversity and expression of universal church. acting in harmony. i would lik
for the church. we'll be talking with monsignor rick hilgartner of the u.s. conference of catholic bishops. senior simone campbell will join us and father edward beck is our guest. and time is running out. two proposals meant to avoid drastic spending cuts but they're both expected to fail, so can we avoid tomorrow's deadline or is it a lost cause. >>> and did the white house threaten journalist bob woodward over his reporting on those spending cuts? >> it said very clearly you will regret doing this. >> the growing controversy on how the obama administration is responding this morning. >> it's thursday, february 28th. and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning, the final hours of the sitting pope, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion catholics will officially retire in seven hours. right now we're awaiting a news conference from the vatican. the spokesman will hold that news conference and we'll bring that to you when it happens. earlier this morning pope benedict xvi met with more than 100 cardinals. they'll be the ones who will be cho
. >> let's talk about our panel. monsignor rick hilgartner, director of define worship at the national conference of catholic bishops. chris frates of "the national journal" and c connie mack join us as well. a newcomb commentary says that the sex abuse scandal could be stopped by dropping the vow of celibacy. let's give a moments thought to loneliness and longing and the pledge of sell boise is often a cruel and corrosive thing that runs counter to human nature and asks too much. good thing i have a monsignor here on the panel what do you think about his column this morning? >> that's a great start. >> welcome. thank you. >> nice to have you, sir. welcome to the panel. >> celibacy always perceived as a sacrifice. it's a way to be more completely available to the one thing that we're committed to, and that's serving the church. and in some ways, it's no different than a married man or woman giving themselves totally to another person, and limiting their sexual self-s to that one person. >> do you buy his argument about isolation? when he gave his example, cardinal o'brayen, we talked a
analyst and senior correspondent for the national catholic reporter. monsignor richard hilgartner is with us along with our contributor and host of the sunday mass, father edward beck, someone chris has known for a very long time, i know. and melinda hennenberger joins us from the "washington post." father beck, you're next to me so let me start with you. how special and significant is this moment? this moment now that we have never seen before? >> well, it's unprecedented. we're living history and i think that's what makes it so special to us. that interview with cardinal dolan was very interesting to me. when he called himself a rookie, he's never been in a conclave before. the last conclave in 2005, there were only two who had ever been in a conclave before. cardinal baum. and do you know the other one? >> ratzinger. >> exactly. that was strong. this conclave, 50 of them have been through it before. so, you see, they know what to expect. at least half of them have been through it before. last time was very different because the papacy of john paul ii was so long. this time it's
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